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EDITORS’ NOTES

Raised in the Bronx by a white Cuban father and an Afro-Latino Puerto Rican mother, Angela Bofill was born with music in her bones. She was an outstanding student at the Manhattan School of Music, and in her early 20s she won the respect of New York’s premier jazz musicians, including Dave Grusin, who signed her to his label and produced her first two albums. “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” “Angel of the Night,” and “I Try” are drawn from those albums, and they remain three of the singer’s finest recordings. After signing with Clive Davis, Bofill cracked the pop market with sassy, simplified dance tunes like “Too Tough” and “Something About You.” Her voice poured forth like a force of nature: part girl next door, part mystical talent. She was never a bombastic diva on par with Chaka Khan or Whitney Houston, but her blend of courage and sensitivity—surely honed over those years of instruction at music school—made “Tonight I Give In,” “Let Me Be the One,” and “I Wanna Love Somebody” enduring R&B ballads.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raised in the Bronx by a white Cuban father and an Afro-Latino Puerto Rican mother, Angela Bofill was born with music in her bones. She was an outstanding student at the Manhattan School of Music, and in her early 20s she won the respect of New York’s premier jazz musicians, including Dave Grusin, who signed her to his label and produced her first two albums. “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” “Angel of the Night,” and “I Try” are drawn from those albums, and they remain three of the singer’s finest recordings. After signing with Clive Davis, Bofill cracked the pop market with sassy, simplified dance tunes like “Too Tough” and “Something About You.” Her voice poured forth like a force of nature: part girl next door, part mystical talent. She was never a bombastic diva on par with Chaka Khan or Whitney Houston, but her blend of courage and sensitivity—surely honed over those years of instruction at music school—made “Tonight I Give In,” “Let Me Be the One,” and “I Wanna Love Somebody” enduring R&B ballads.

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About Angela Bofill

Bronx native Angela Bofill sang with Ricardo Morrero & the Group and the Dance Theater of Harlem chorus before her 1978 debut. With her strong, distinctive alto, she has carved a niche as an outstanding interpreter of soul ballads. Between 1978 and 1984, Bofill had consistent success on the R&B charts, with six albums making the Top 40 (five of which made the Top 100 on the pop charts as well), including two, Angel of the Night (1979) and Too Tough (1983), that made the Top Ten. During this period, she also placed seven singles in the R&B Top 40, with "Too Tough" making the Top Ten. Bofill's career cooled off after 1984, but she returned to the R&B charts with Intuition (1988), I Wanna Love Somebody (1993), and Love in Slow Motion (1996). ~ Bil Carpenter

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [The Bronx]
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    May 2, 1954

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